It went down last night for the 3rd year in a row— the Fantasy Football Draft for the veteran members of the combined Bored here at Eagles Eye/ PE.com University… It's nice to see Democrats and Republicans reaching across the aisle in harmony (well, sort of!) and coming to some facsimile of unity in a "League of Nations", so to speak… Such is the growing legacy of the BRISUKSEGG Fantasy Football League.
That's the great thing about Fantasy Football. You may think it sucks, or you may think it's great…. but nearly all agree it brings good friends and acquaintances closer together.
Eagles football first— I said it all along, but the real reason you are seeing guys making the team in place of others who may have (ahem) outplayed them in preseason is "Special Teams"…
Chip Kelly spoke to the media yesterday and was very clear about how the decisions were made to get down to his final roster.
"There are three ways to make this football team," Kelly said. "Special teams, special teams, special teams."
The statement is in line with the attitude Kelly has put towards special teams since he arrived, making it a priority and preaching its importance on gameday.
"We have a head coach that is real passionate about special teams, and that's only going to make the players on the team more passionate," said special teams ace Colt Anderson.
Some of the decisions the Eagles made on their final 53-man roster have come under some scrutiny from fans, especially at the linebacker position. The Eagles currently only have three outside linebackers on the team, and decided to let go of Emmanuel Acho, their leading tackler this preseason.
"Any back-up spot we had on our team is all about the value of special teams and where are those guys going to play?," Kelly explained. "It's where they contribute from a special teams factor. If you're going to be the fourth or fifth receiver, and right now that's Damaris [Johnson] and Jeff [Maehl], and that is the value they have. It's the same thing. Why do we keep three inside linebackers as opposed to one back-up outside linebacker? It's how those three players contribute on special teams."
"As far as time wise, it is the same- but in that time, we are getting a lot more done," said Anderson. "We got guys that are passionate about it this year, guys that care a little bit more about special teams. It's a third of the game, and we're treating it like that."
It is with that in mind that Kelly said the decision to pick up Najee Goode from Tampa Bay was made. Goode might not have had as many tackles as Acho did this preseason, but Kelly implied that he felt Goode was a stronger special teams player.
"It's very important- any team that doesn't think so probably isn't going to be very successful," said wideout Jeff Maehl, who played special teams at Oregon under Kelly. "It's a third of the ballgame, and we have to be pretty good at it."
Kelly has put a huge emphasis on special teams since he arrived, dedicating nearly as much time to special team's practice as he has to offense and defense. Last season under Andy Reid, special team's practice happened almost exclusively at the end of the day— sometimes feeling more like a signal the day was over than a dedicated time to improve on a key part of the game.
Well, enough of that feel-good talk. Special Teams 2013, put your money where the Chippah's mouth is….
And regarding the Fantasy Football craze here at Eagles Eye—-
Fantasy football lets you try your skills as a fantasy owner. After you join a league, you scout for and draft players, compete against other fantasy owners, and use all your skills to win the championship.
Our guys here are definitely into it.
Here's a snapshot of what happens in a fantasy football season:
You join a league…in this case, the BRISUKSEGG League…
You can join a public league, where anyone can sign up for a spot, or a private league, like BRISUKSEGG, where you need an invitation to play. Some people play just for fun and some play for money (in some cases, serious coin).
You prepare for your league draft by scouting players. Before choosing your fantasy team, you need to research all the available players so you can pre-rank them according to your personal preference. Ideally you want to project their performance based upon the future trend, and not soley upon the past.
You build your fantasy team via the draft. The draft is the most fun and exciting day of the fantasy season. During the draft, each fantasy owner selects a team Defense, and one NFL player at a time until the rosters are complete.
Your team competes against another team every week.
During the NFL season, the real teams face each other and so do the fantasy teams in your league. The players' real-time stats are converted into fantasy points by your league provider, and the fantasy team that scores the most points wins the game for the week.
You make moves to improve your team.
As a fantasy owner, you're in total control. You can drop players you think aren't good enough and replace them with free agents. If one of your starters gets injured, you can bench him and start a healthy player instead. You may even make a trade offer to another owner.
Your team (hopefully) makes the playoffs and wins your league.
Only the strong survive, and at the end of the fantasy season, the top teams square off in a playoff tournament to decide the league champion. The last team standing may win a trophy, a cash prize, or just honor; but make no mistake, there will be only one winner.
In the BRISUKSEGG league, it's all about honor. And make no mistake, as much as guys like Jerky and Broz and ATV and JB-Sage-Lion and Boner and Palmy and PPW and Harry Pianos and Dutch Rubb and Spiffo and South Philly Ben all love each other as friends
, and as much as they root for new guys like JHop to succeed, each is hoping to crush the other's team at every opportunity.
When draft day arrives, all the owners in a fantasy football league gather at a central location or log into the specified web service’s draft utility and meet virtually. The goal for each owner is to draft a team roster of 15 to 18 players.
How many players to draft at each position is up to you, but the traditional combination of players to draft: two quarterbacks, four running backs, four wide receivers, two tight ends, two kickers, and two defense/special teams (punt and kickoff return) units.
The Atlantic Coast Conference of college football teams.
An acronym for the American Football Conference.
An acronym for the American Football League.
An acronym for the Bowl Championship Series.
A college athletic conference whose eleven-member institutions are located mainly in the Midwestern United States.
A week during which an NFL team doesn’t play; every NFL team has one week of the season off.
The player who snaps the ball to the quarterback. A center handles the ball on every play.
An acronym for Team Defense.
A player who’s responsible for blocking for the running back and also for pass-blocking to protect the quarterback. Fullbacks, who are generally bigger than running backs, are short-yardage runners.
The member of the special team who is responsible for field goal and extra point attempts.
An acronym for the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
An acronym for the National Football Conference.
An acronym for the National Football League.
The Pacific-10 Conference is a college athletic conference that operates in the western United States.
A kick to the opponent without the use of a tee.
The leader of the team. The quarterback calls the plays in the huddle, yells the signals at the line of scrimmage, and then receives the ball from the center. Then he hands off the ball to a running back, throws it to a receiver, or runs with it.
A player who runs with the football.
The Southeastern Conference of college football teams.
A draft in which each fantasy coach has one pick in each round. Each team makes its first-round pick based on a predetermined order.
An acronym for Special Teams.
A top-rated fantasy football starter.
A player who serves as a receiver and also as a blocker. The tight end lines up beside the offensive tackle to the right or the left of the quarterback.
A situation where a player is dropped from a team roster; the player goes on waivers for a limited time before becoming a free agent. All coaches then have a set amount of time (usually two days) to decide whether to add him to their teams.
A player who uses his speed to elude defenders and catch the football. Teams use as many as two to four wide receivers on every play.
Each owner selects one player at a time. Generally, the online service randomly chooses the order or, if drafting offline, the commissioner draws numbers out of a hat to determine the draft order. The owners make their picks in order for the first round. Then they reverse this order for the second round.
For example, in an eight-person league, Owners 1 through 8 make the first eight selections in order, completing the first round. Then as the second round starts Owner 8 gets the ninth pick, Owner 7 gets the tenth pick, and so on down to Owner 1, who makes the sixteenth and seventeenth picks, and so on until all owners fill their rosters.
Each week, you enter a starting lineup made up of the following players: one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, one kicker, and one defense/special teams (punt and kickoff return) unit.
You draft an entire team’s defense and special teams. If your team’s defense or special teams unit scores a touchdown, records a safety, or performs various defensive feats like an interception, a fumble recovery or records a sack, then you get points.
The remaining players are reserves. These players’ statistics don’t count while the players sit on your bench; instead, reserves serve as backups for your starting lineup. Here’s why reserves are important:
They replace poor-performing starters: If your quarterback, for example, plays poorly, you can replace him in your starting lineup the following week with your backup quarterback.
They replace injured starters: If your star running back breaks his leg (gasp!), you simply start your backup running back the following week.
They replace players on bye weeks: Each NFL team has one bye week. Because of bye weeks, you need to insert backup players for your starters whose teams aren’t playing that week.
It’s important to choose all your drafts carefully in fantasy football, including your reserves. Although reserve players’ statistics don’t count while the players sit on your reserve squad, they are important because they replace poor-performing starters, they replace injured starters, and they replace players on bye weeks.